IAFL15: The 15th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists


The 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK from Monday 5th to Friday 9th of July, 2021.

The Organising Committee is running two calls for papers. The due date of the first early call will be 2nd Oct 2020. Abstracts received before this date will receive decisions by the 2nd November to allow delegates ample time to apply for visas. The second standard call due date will be 8th January 2021 and decisions will be returned on 5th February 2021.

The review process is such that the Organising Committee will ensure there is no advantage or disadvantage in terms of which call you choose to answer. All abstracts will be assessed by reviewers on their merits.

List of Topics

The 15th IAFL conference will be a forum for the discussion of all aspects of forensic linguistics and language and law. We welcome proposals for individual papers, posters and panels on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Legal discourse: Language of the law, The history of legal languages; Legal genres; Critical approaches to legal languages.

Language and the legal process: Courtroom, police and prison discourse; Investigative interviewing; Power and the law; Interviews with vulnerable witnesses; Language and disadvantage; Interpreting and translating in legal contexts; Bilingual courtrooms; Legal interpreting & translation.

Investigative linguistics and language evidence: Authorship analysis; Forensic stylistics; Speaker identification; Plagiarism; Trademark disputes; Consumer product warnings; Deception and fraud.

Language and cybercrime: Online identities and communication; Online sexual grooming; Online language crimes (e.g.: hate crime, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, online deception and fraud.)

Education and training: Language education for law professionals; School-based program for language awareness; Readability/comprehensibility of legal documents.

Forensic phonetics and speaker identification: Transcription and translation of covert recordings; Forensic voice comparison.

Note: As of the summer of 2020 the working assumption of the Organising Committee is that this will run as a traditional in-person conference. Submitting an abstract in no way commits you financially. As the global situation with regard to the COVID19 pandemic develops over the next months the Organising Committee will keep all options under review.

For further information on the conference, including submission guidelines, fees, travel and accommodation information, please visit the conference website.